Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to University Governing Boards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

December 28, 2020 

Contact: press@michigan.gov   

  

Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to University Governing Boards 

 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Eastern Michigan University Board of RegentsFerris State University Board of Trustees, Grand Valley State University Board of TrusteesNorthern Michigan University Board of TrusteesMichigan Technological University Board of Trusteesand the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees. 

 

Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents 

 

Nathan K. Ford, of Detroit, is the associate vice president and director of public engagement for HNTB Corporation. Mr. Ford is a member of the COMTO Michigan Board and vice president of the Morehouse College Alumni Association Detroit Chapter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College. Mr. Ford is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds Mary Treder Lang whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, M.D., M.P.H., of Grosse Pointe Farms, currently volunteers at community mobile clinics with COVID-19 testing and flu vaccinations in several counties in Michigan. She previously served as the medical director for the Washtenaw County Health Department and as a practicing clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University, Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kimbrough Marshall is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. She succeeds Jim Webb whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Ferris State University Board of Trustees 

 

George K. Heartwell, III, of Newaygo, is the former mayor of Grand Rapids. Mr. Heartwell currently serves as a member of the Great Lakes Water Quality BoardMuskegon River Watershed AssemblyNewaygo Economic Development CorporationEnvironmental Law and Policy Center Michigan Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Newaygo and for Garfield Township. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English Literature from Albion College and a Master of Divinity from the Western Theological Seminary. Mr. Heartwell is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds Robert Hegbloom whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Ronald E. Snead, Sr., of Stanwood, is retired from Dixien, LLCa supplier of metal stampings and plastic molded parts to the automotive industry, where he served as vice president of corporate relations. Mr. Snead is a former member of the Board of Trustees and was the first African American alumnus of Ferris to chair the Board of Trustees. He is the recipient of the 1995 Ferris Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Giants William Glenn Trailblazer Award in 2011. Mr. Snead is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds Lori Gwizdala whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees 

 

Mikyia S. Aaron, of Taylor, is the general counsel and external business affairs director for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!) Local 1191. Ms. Aaron currently serves as a member of the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Board of Directors, and the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Labor Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Ms. Aaron is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. She succeeds John Russell whose term expires December 31, 2020 

 

Noreen K. Myers, of East Grand Rapids, is an attorney and the owner of Noreen K. Myers, PLC. She currently serves as a trustee of the GVSU Foundation, as a member of the advisory council for the GVSU Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and chairs their Common Ground Initiative, and is a former member and chair of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Myers is a recipient of the 2013 Presidential Leadership Award, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, and an Honorary Doctorate in 2016.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grand Valley State University and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ms. Myers is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. She succeeds Mary Kramer whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees 

 

Jason T. Morgan, of Ann Arbor, currently serves as the 8th district commissioner and chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Morgan is also a service member with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of the Ann Arbor SPARK Executive Committee, the Washtenaw County Environmental Council, Homeland Security Task Force, Public Works Board, and the Criminal Justice Community Collaborative. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northern Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Commissioner Morgan is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds Steve Mitchell whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Gregory J. Seppanen, of Marquette, is a retired teacher who taught U.S. History, Government, World History, and Economics in the Marquette Public Schools for 24 years. Mr. Seppanen has also served as a Marquette County Commissioner, supervisor of Chocolay Township, and as a member of the U.S. Army Presidential Honor Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Geography from Northern Michigan University and attended trade skill training in welding at the Northern Michigan University Skill Center. Mr. Seppanen is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds James Haveman whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees 

 

Andrea Dickson, of Grosse Pointe Farms, is the former CEO and co-founder of ENT Biotech Solutions, Inc. and is currently a principal at the start-up telemedicine company Quintree. Ms. Dickson previously served as executive vice president and chief of staff of Wayne State University and as outside general counsel for Michigan Technological University. She is a current member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Board of Directors and the board of Invest Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Ms. Dickson is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. She succeeds Bob Jacquart whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Jon E. Jipping, of Ada, is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for ITC Holdings Corp. Mr. Jipping is the past chair of the board for the North American Transmission Forum, a former chair and current advisory board member for the Michigan Tech College of Engineering, and a former board member for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Calvin College and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Mr. Jipping is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds Linda Kennedy whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Matthew D. Johnson, of Marquette, is the manager of government and community relations for Eagle Mine. Mr. Johnson previously served as a division director for Governor Jennifer Granholm and a district administrator for U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak. He is a currently the co-chair of the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Master of Arts in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. Mr. Johnson is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2022. He succeeds William Johnson who resigned effective December 31, 2020. 

 

Western Michigan University Board of Trustees 

 

Kurtis Trevan, of Grand Rapids, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Gun Lake Investments. He is a citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and previously served as the treasurer for the Tribal Council and a member of the Gun Lake Casino Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University, a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Trevan is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds David Behen whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

A. Alan Turfe, of Northville, serves as chairman of the board of DocShop Pro and the advisory boards of NEMO Health and STEL Technologies. He currently serves as a private equity consultant and strategic advisor related to medical devices, life science, and healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Turfe formerly served as chairman and CEO of J M Smith Corporationpresident of Anatomical Pathology at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and held senior executive leadership roles at Fresenius Medical Care, Covidien, IDEX Corporation, and General Motors.  He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Turfe is appointed for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds James Bolger whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

Article VIII § 6 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 establishes that Michigan’s institutions of higher education, that are established by law as having authority to grant baccalaureate degrees, shall each be governed by a Board of Control which shall be a body corporate. The Board has general supervision of the institution and the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds. The Board also, as often as necessary, elects a president of the institution under its supervision. Each Board of Control consists of eight members appointed by the Governor for eight-year terms. 

 

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

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